5 major ways millennials are changing office culture and design

April 24, 2018 by  
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Millennials are changing office culture in visible ways — you can see it in the design sensibilities of modern workplaces and the thoughtfulness of office layouts. But they are also making figurative improvements which can be a little more difficult to see at first glance. Read on to learn how this younger generation stands to change the workplace, and even the economy, as we know it. 1. Flatter company hierarchy and open offices In both a literal and a figurative sense, millennials want to flatten the average company model. The quintessential office — cubicles at the bottom and high-powered offices at the top — presents physical and psychological barriers to workplace harmony and productivity. It doesn’t have to be that way. Millennials seem to understand this. Employees who had direct interaction with their managers within the last six months report being up to three times more engaged than workers who had no interaction with company leaders. This engagement gap is something millennial employees are trying to change for good. From open offices to more frequent opportunities for feedback and exchanging ideas, millennials crave flatness in company structure and communication channels. Open-door policies don’t mean anything, after all, if your CEO’s office is inaccessible. Millennials also prefer to work in an environment with great natural lighting — probably because this, too, contributes to a sense of openness and harmony. 2. The vanishing office The office is vanishing — not completely or overnight, but certainly with time. It’s all about allowing employees to do their work in familiar, comfortable or novel environments. You have probably heard of communal work spaces, which offer an interesting middle-ground between a home office and a company campus. Home offices are booming, too, thanks to millennials. In one survey, 85 percent of millennial respondents indicated they would prefer telecommuting from home or elsewhere 100 percent of the time, versus commuting to a central location. There are plenty of ways for employers to support this new way of working — even in the smaller details like outfitting home or satellite offices. Many companies provide their employees with allowances to buy furnishings, decorations or electronics for their spaces at work, and the same concept can apply for telecommuters. A stipend for remote workers can help them create a unique work environment at home, which contributes to their productivity and makes them feel more connected to the company’s home base. 3. The rise of the side-hustle Depending on whom you ask, this is either a gift of market-driven society or a symptom of it. Either way — and whether out of necessity or the sheer pleasure of developing new skills — millennials are encouraging a new aspect of the economy. The side-hustle isn’t the second job that parents and grandparents knew. It might not be incredibly lucrative, but the side-hustle does provide an opportunity to develop skills, pursue interests and gain a new stream of income in addition to a full time job. According to many economists, a side-hustle economy might soon become reality. 4. Building a brighter future with technology Many jobs that require repetitive motion or manual labor may soon be performed by machines. What comes after that? According to some experts, one solution includes taxes on the robots , which would fund a citizen stipend known as “ universal basic income .” Even now, polls are finding a majority of millennials to be in favor of UBI, since it could help many underemployed college graduates find some financial security as they monetize their skills. We’re getting ahead of the point, but the fact remains: millennials have been extremely quick to read the writing on the wall when it comes to technology and the future of the world economy. They’re envisioning a future where everyone is free to pursue talents and passions, while also learning to integrate these passions with our work responsibilities. 5. Companies that benefit the world Millennials want to spend their time working for organizations that contribute to the common good in some way. They see the challenges facing the world, and recognize the importance of the triple bottom line : social, environmental and financial sustainability. They’ve also given  more of their earnings to charity than their parents’ generation. It doesn’t stop there. When it comes to the physical environment of the workplace, green design is very much in demand. The younger generation wants to work in spaces with eco-friendly lighting, solar power and even down-to-earth structural designs using recycled materials. The point of all this is that young people seem to see a better way of doing things when it comes to working. Step one is to make work more comfortable and relevant for the people doing it. Step two is to make it relevant to the rest of the world. Via NBC News , OnRec , Flex Jobs , Market Watch , SF Gate , The Street and Generosity Images via Brooke Cagle , Marc Mueller , Bruce Mars , Johnson Wang , Scott Webb , RawPixel.com and Deposit Photos

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Outside Van’s Powerstation is a rugged yet luxurious tiny home on wheels

April 24, 2018 by  
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Although Outside Van ‘s motto may be “Life is simple in a Van,” their latest model is anything but. The Powerstation is a powerhouse of off-grid living – a tiny home on wheels that can go practically anywhere. The souped-up camper van combines high-tech functionality with a comfortable cabin-like living space, all for the low price of $320,000. The team behind Outside Van takes 4×4 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans and turns them into custom-made adventure vehicles. In this case, a client requested an off-grid vehicle for mountain biking outside of Las Vegas. The result is a rugged home on wheels that sleeps six and comes with plenty of room for bike storage. Related: Nondescript VW van hides a gorgeous and chic mobile home The van was designed to offer optimal off-grid functionality combined with all the comforts of home. Although compact, the living and sleeping space has enough space for a queen-sized bed, a two-person bench, and a bamboo cafe table, in addition to offering several strategic storage options. The kitchen is outfitted with a large custom-made galley with a stainless-steel refrigerator and bamboo cabinets. As far as technology, the van contains $24,000 worth of impressive power-generating gear, including battery packs, solar panels, and a diesel-based heating system. A 100W Solar Roof Rack is used to power the van’s electricity and charge electronics. LED lighting was installed for the interior and gear storage lights. According to Erik Ekman, chief executive officer of Outside Vans, this off-grid van is the ultimate purchase for anyone looking to explore the remote areas of the world, “There’s not an RV on the planet that can take you where this van can, and keep you out there off the grid for a long time,” says Ekman. “Our goal is to consistently make the best and most expensive vans we can. We’re not interested in cutting corners.” + Outside Van Via UnCrate Images via Outside Van

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How to Start a Composting Program at Work

September 13, 2017 by  
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Have you ever considered how much food waste your workplace generates? Nearly every day of the week, millions of Americans eat both breakfast and lunch at work. Consequently, copious amounts of sandwich crusts, apple cores and coffee grounds get…

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Green Your Workplace: 10 Tips & Tricks to Save Money + Reduce Waste

August 19, 2015 by  
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Reports estimate that workers miss 450 million additional days of work each year in the US due to illness. This translates to $153 billion in annual lost productivity, according to Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Other research conditions place…

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How To Cook Up A Zero-Waste Kitchen

August 19, 2015 by  
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If your family is anything like ours, the kitchen is easily the most used room in the house. With three children, a dog, and two adults to care for, the waste can really pile up if we let it. For our family, part of living a more conscious…

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Quick Tip: Bring Extra Food to Work

July 31, 2013 by  
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Whether you baked a few too many cupcakes for your sister’s baby shower or your garden produced an unexpectedly large harvest, you can keep extra food from going to waste (while making a few new friends at the office) by …

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Elodie Elsenberger’s Land(e)scape Desk Swaps Screws and Glue For Cable

September 6, 2012 by  
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Design student  Elodie Elsenberger ‘s Land(e)scape Desk shuns screws and glue in favor of a single length of electrical cord to create a versatile work space. The desk is Elodie’s second-year thesis project at the ESAD art and design school in Reims, France, and it appears to have been inspired aesthetically by geographical forms. According to Elodie’s product description, “The electrical cord is woven through the wood, creating the different micro-spaces. The desk uses no screws or glue, only the cord.” Judging by the accompanying images, the cord is not just a design conceit either; one of the micro-spaces forms a functional desk lamp with a bulb hanging from the top of a little cage. + Elodie Elsenberger Via Design Milk  Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , design for disassembly , desk design , elodie elsenberger , green design , green interiors , landescape desk , no screws no glue , sustainable design , sustainable furnishings , work space , workspace

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Design student  Elodie Elsenberger ‘s Land(e)scape Desk shuns screws and glue in favor of a single length of electrical cord to create a versatile work space. The desk is Elodie’s second-year thesis project at the ESAD art and design school in Reims, France, and it appears to have been inspired aesthetically by geographical forms. According to Elodie’s product description, “The electrical cord is woven through the wood, creating the different micro-spaces. The desk uses no screws or glue, only the cord.” Judging by the accompanying images, the cord is not just a design conceit either; one of the micro-spaces forms a functional desk lamp with a bulb hanging from the top of a little cage. + Elodie Elsenberger Via Design Milk  Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , design for disassembly , desk design , elodie elsenberger , green design , green interiors , landescape desk , no screws no glue , sustainable design , sustainable furnishings , work space , workspace

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Vladimir Putin Takes to the Skies in Bid to Lead Endangered Siberian Crane Migration

September 6, 2012 by  
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As reported by the Guardian , Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unlikely attempt yesterday to lead endangered cranes born in captivity in the Arctic north along their migration path to nesting sites in Iran and India. Taking to the air in a motorized hang glider—purportedly purchased for the task by Putin himself—the often-embattled politician hoped to start the endangered birds on their route from Siberia. While it seems only one lone white Siberian Crane chick opted to follow the glider on its first flight, Putin’s efforts have brought attention to the plight of the critically endangered birds, of which there are believed to be fewer than 3,000 left in the wild. Read the rest of Vladimir Putin Takes to the Skies in Bid to Lead Endangered Siberian Crane Migration Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal mimicry , arctic environment , arctic nature , arctic wildlife , bird migration , crane birds , crane migration , critically endangered bird , endangered bird breeding , hang glider , migration india , migration iran , motorized glider , ornithological station , putin wildlife , siberian crane , vladimir putin

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Sierra Club Draws a Subway Map of America’s National Parks

September 6, 2012 by  
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The Sierra Club has created this fun map that depicts U.S. National Parks as if they were stops on a nationwide subway system. The awesome cartography depicts separate “regional” lines that host national parks, like Yellowstone and Yosemite, as well as less famous destinations such as the beautiful Congaree in South Carolina and the Petrified Forest in Arizona. If only there really were such a simple way to visit all these beautiful places by rail! + Sierra Club Via Treehugger.com Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cartography , Congaree , maps , national parks , Nature , parks , Sierra Club , subway , subway map , wilderness , yellowstone , Yosemite

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